|Artist / Creator||Gabby Cooksey|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Tacoma, WA|
|Author of Text||Ralph Emerson|
|Contributors||letterpress printed at Springtide Press|
|Process / Technique||handset letterpress printing and silkscreen printing|
|Number of Images||24 spreads|
|Structure / Binding||modified case binding|
|Medium / Materials||Photo transfers, acrylic paint, gouache, gold foil, brass.|
|Paper Stock||Kozuke Japanese paper for the text block and Hook Pottery Paper for the cover.|
|Number of Pages||28 spreads|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||9.5 x 12.9 x .5 inches|
|Box / Wrapper||clamshell box|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed & Numbered Edition|
I took some liberties with Emerson's poem, surrounding his words with photographs captured at Owen Beach in Washington state on a rainy winter day in 2019. This public beach, in the middle of an urban old-growth forest, will close for a year beginning in fall of 2020 to mitigate the effects of climate change and rising sea levels. Emerson's words of anger and disappointment at environmental destruction only resonate more with our current climate of melting glaciers and raging fires. As we continue to twist the kaleidoscope, I remain optimistic we will find a way to rearrange these fragments and improve the view for future generations.
Artist BioGabby Cooksey lives and works in Tacoma, WA as a bookbinder and artist. In 2014, she received her diploma for Bookbinding at North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. Her love for odd materials, storytelling and well crafted books are a good combination to producing truly unique books. Cooksey’s books are included in the collections of the University of Washington, Boston Atheneum, Library of Congress and many more private and public collections across the world.